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Trusted Regina tip on Home Inspections for Sellers


Home Inspections are important for sellers too

Homeowners and REALTORS® under-estimate the value of a home inspection before a house even goes on the market for sale.

While a buyer will likely have his or her own inspection conducted, there is value to the seller:

  • Give you the confidence that you understand the true condition of your home
  • Let you fix or make allowance for items which could negatively affect asking price when you’re negotiating the sale
  • Lessen the risk of surprises that could postpone a sale
  • Ensure full disclosure at the time of the sale

 

 

Here’s a good article by Mike Holmes on this topic:

Getting a home inspection is smart - paint can hide a world of trouble. If the home inspector finds problems, it can help when it comes to renegotiating the asking price.

But home inspections don’t just help home buyers. They can work to your advantage when you’re selling, too.

  • Anyone selling their house will go through a home inspection you can’t avoid it. But getting one before listing your property puts you ahead of the game.
  • You will know of any issues or fixes before buyers find them. If you wait and hope they don’t, there’s a good chance they will and your home will stay on the market longer.
  • And get ready for some heavy renegotiations. When buyers find problems, they are not happy, and they will show it by cutting the selling price in some cases, by quite a bit.
  • Fixing any issues in your house helps to increase your property value, decrease the time it’s on the market and avoid renegotiations. Bottom line: Your house will look better to buyers.
  • Some home inspectors will give you a coloured hard copy and CD of the inspection report. If you place these on the coffee table when people are looking at your house, a responsible homebuyer will appreciate it.
  • You can also reference the inspection report in listings, feature sheets and online, to help speed up a sale.

 

Today, people want to get as much information as they can on their phones, on their lunch, during breaks and so on. If you have an inspection report with photos plus some beauty shots of your house, you will speed up the selling process.

But the key here is finding the right home inspector, whether you’re buying or selling. You don’t want to depend only on home inspectors your real estate agent recommends. Real estate agents want to make a sale its their job. But their commission is based on the final selling price of the house, so its likely they want to keep it higher. This is fine, except if its done by hiding problems.

When you’re buying a house, a real estate agent might recommend a home inspector that will likely not catch all the problems, just so they can make a quick sale. A home inspector might do it because they want to keep getting referrals from the agent. If you’re selling, the real estate agent might not want problems in your home caught again, to keep the selling price up. They might have your best interest in mind, but the strategy is off. You could end up facing renegotiations or not selling.

Find the problems, get them fixed, add the cost of the repairs to the selling price, and speed up the sale. Everybody wins you (the seller), the real estate agent, and the buyer, because they will be getting an honest assessment of the house and its worth.

A home inspection is a great tool for the entire housing industry real estate agents, contractors, homebuyers and sellers. When we use them right, everyone wins. But just like any tool, they require the right skill.

 

 


 

Trusted Regina Moving Tips

Moving Tips That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

1. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials

Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things. You’ll want your essentials within easy access, including a change of clothes if you’re going back to work the next day as well as all your toiletries. It’s also a great way to transport a laptop, which could run the risk of getting stolen during a move.

2. Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin

This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, select cookware, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, tools, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside; it also separates itself from the myriad of cardboard boxes.

3. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap

Two birds, one stone: You’re packing your clothes and kitchenware at the same time.

4. For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks

5. In addition to labeling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into, as well

When you arrive at your new home, unpack BY ROOM. The unpacking process will feel more manageable.

And remember to label the SIDES of the boxes, not the tops. This way, you’ll be able to identify them even if they’re stacked.

6. If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen

Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.


7. Place an extra cotton pad or ball into your powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking

This is a great tip for travelling in general.

8. Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on

This will keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.

9. Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break

10. Keep drawers intact by covering them with Press’n Seal

Dresser drawers are like their own moving boxes — this will keep you from having to unpack and refold their contents.

It’ll also make moving the actual dresser much more manageable.

11. Press’n Seal is also great for keeping jewelry displays intact

12. Buy a roll of stretch wrap

It works like Press’n Seal but on a bigger scale. You can group items together, and it’ll protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched.

13. Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs

Tape the sandwich bags to the back of the item they correspond to.

ALSO: Use this method with the cords for your electronics

14. Beer boxes are the best for books because they have handles on the sides

So be sure to hit up your local liquor store.

15. Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go

16. Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you

Pack them with stuff! Use the wheeled suitcases for heavy things like books.

17. The fastest way to pack a closet:

This also keeps your clothes on their hangers, for much faster unpacking.

18. Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing

Not only will they take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but they can go directly into storage in the new home.

19. Along with food and alcohol, give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate

It’s just an extra perk, since you won’t be paying them.

20. Make sure everything is completely packed before your friends show up to help you move

 

 

  

Robert MacKay Trusted Regina Real Estate Lawyer shares three words used to describe MacKay & McLean Barristers & Solicitors

It’s an exciting time – the old house is sold, the new one is ready, and all that’s left is the move…..oh wait – not quite yet! There’s all that legal “stuff” to deal with now….signatures….titles to be given…and pages and pages of documents that need to be signed before the key is in your hand!!! And to top it all off – who really knows a good real estate lawyer?

MacKay & McLean provides the professional services of a large Regina law firm, with the intimate attention of a small firm. The legal process can be daunting and overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. MacKay & McLean is with you every step of the way.

MacKay &  McLean are TRUSTED REGINA LAWYERS

 

The three words most commonly used to describe MacKay & McLean Barristers & Solicitors

Service. Solutions. Integrity. 
Being a small firm, the lawyers of MacKay & McLean give personal, professional attention to each of our clients, thus maximizing results while minimizing cost. Our lawyers and front office staff take the time to talk to you so that you are comfortable with the process of our services. More importantly, we take the time to listen to you.
 
 
 
We provide a full range of legal services including:
 
• Real Estate & Mortgages
• Wills & Estates
• Family Law & Divorce
• Commercial & Corporate Law
• Litigation & Personal Injury
 

 

Your first consultation is free so that we may assess your need for a lawyer, cost of services and how we may help you.

MacKay & McLean provides the professional services of a large firm, with the intimate attention of a small firm. The legal process can be daunting and overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. MacKay & McLean is with you every step of the way.

 

Robert MacKay is your Trusted Regina Real Estate Lawyer

 

Trusted Regina Real Estate Agent tip on pricing your home

 
 pricing your home:

 

The most popular question home sellers ask me is: “How much is my home worth?” Many don’t recognize that a price too high can actually diminish their prospects for a fast and valuable sale.

Here are three benefits to hitting the value sweet spot when pricing your home:

1.You create the most interest right away...
Buyers who have been searching nearby know the market, so a competitive price will have them calling rather than walking away.

 

2.Your home is positioned for multiple offers
Bidding wars and multiple offers are a home seller’s dream. A solid price attracts more buyers, setting the stage for multiple bids.

 

3.You sell your home for the most money, in the least amount of time
If a home is underpriced, the sellers lose profits. If a home is overpriced, it may deter buyers and take a long time to sell (and may not sell at all without reductions).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trusted Regina Real Estate tip on Choosing your Real Estate Agent


It Takes a Village…to Buy a Home! Part 1: Choosing your Real Estate Agent

 

There are a lot of moving parts in the purchase of a home and assembling a good team that you are happy working with is really important! Of course, finding an agent to work with to help you find that home is the first thing you may think about but the “team” also consists of a mortgage broker, home inspector and a real estate lawyer. We can help guide you through that process and refer you to great qualified people in those industries as well, and we will talk about that in Part II of this blog.  

 

So first, choose your real estate agent! The whole point of working with a real estate agent is to have a knowledgeable professional represent your interests throughout the home-buying process, from identifying possible homes to closing the deal. So you want to find an agent who has your priorities and best interests at heart.

  

What things should you consider when you are choosing your agent?  

·    Compatibility: Is the agent someone you would enjoy working with? You’re not looking for a new best friend, but you’ll spend a lot of time with your agent as you view homes, discuss strategy, fill out paperwork, and the myriad of other activities involved in finding & buying the right …or “right for now” home. 

·    Understanding: It’s important that your agent “gets” what you’re looking for in a home. Otherwise, you’ll both waste your time looking at properties that aren’t a good fit for you…that being said it usually takes looking at a few homes to narrow down your preferences and really get a feel for what you are liking…or not! 

·    Availability: Look for an agent who’ll work with your schedule. You don’t want to find yourself missing opportunities because you can never find a common time to meet. That is one of the benefits we offer as a team….sometimes you get both of us but if one isn’t available the other one is. We like to say you get 2 for 1 when you choose the W2 team! 

·    Trustworthiness: Your agent has what we call a “fiduciary duty” to you; that means your relationship is based on trust and confidence. You need to work with someone you trust to deal with you fairly, to keep your confidential information….confidential, and to represent you with both honesty and integrity. 

We would also add to this list that you should feel that your agent will work well in communicating with both the seller of a property when required and the seller’s agent through the process of negotiating a purchase on your behalf. Having good communication skills and a positive working relationship with all parties involved will be helpful in producing a good end result!  


 

Happy House Hunting!


 

 


 

 

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